Fantasy Take: Stastny Sails for the Hurricanes

Michael Clifford

2022-08-23

The Carolina Hurricanes have continued their offseason shopping by adding another centre to their forward mix. Vincent Trocheck left the organization and that left them with Jordan Staal and Jesperi Kotkaniemi as their middle-6 pivots. It could work but they clearly felt they needed some insurance. They got that insurance in the form of Paul Stastny:

Let's get right to what it means for him and his new teammates:

What Carolina Gets

In a weird twist of fate, I wrote about Stastny this morning for my Ramblings. For a breakdown on what Stastny can bring to the 'Canes, and what kind of fantasy value he could have, go check that out. There is no sense in repeating myself on the same day.

For Carolina specifically, this gives them options. As mentioned, they had Staal/Kotkaniemi written in the 2C/3C role for the upcoming season. Though Staal is still a good defensive centre, he turns 34 years old in a few weeks. Not that he's expected to hit a huge decline but at this age, when declines come, they can come quickly. His brother scored 42 goals at age 33 and was out of the NHL three years later. The younger Staal should still be fine but there is still concern, nonetheless.

As for Kotkaniemi, he still hasn't taken a big step forward like the team and their fans would have hoped. He was signed to a long-term deal in the hopes he'd be the 2C behind Sebastian Aho for a while. While he did have good